Social Distancing Key to Slowing Virus

  • March 20th, 2020

An infographic with social distancing tips.With many faculty and staff working from home, The University of Alabama community is asked to practice social distancing to help halt the spread of novel coronavirus.

Other than limited exceptions, campus is closed to students. The University is conducting limited business operations, which includes essential staffing and remote work assignments, through Sunday, March 29.

Campus and much of Tuscaloosa are quiet with fewer people in public than normal, and the state of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa remain under a state of emergency.

Gatherings of 25 or more are prohibited. Restaurants and bars are either closed or only offering delivery and/or pick-up orders, per state health orders, and many businesses in the area are closed or limiting customers. Parks are closed at night, and park rangers are encouraged to disperse large gatherings.

Even from home, UA faculty and staff can still help during this rapidly evolving situation by practicing social distancing to limit transmission of COVID-19.

Please remember these guidelines of social distancing:

  • Use online applications or a phone to communicate with coworkers, friends and relatives.
  • Avoid gatherings or meetings of 10 or more people.
  • Avoid gathering in the homes of friends and family.
  • Avoid attending or hosting parties or social events.
  • Keep children from play dates with other children.
  • Avoid ride sharing with groups.
  • Avoid gathering on patios or outdoor seating areas outside restaurants and bars.
  • If you must go out, try to keep a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Do not shake hands or fist bump.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have been around someone exposed or diagnosed.
  • Wash your hands often and/or use a hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or inside elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas.
  • Guides are subject to change – stay informed by checking credible sources like the CDC.

For updates that affect the UA campus community, please visit UA’s Health Info page.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.